Dr Kate Kirkpatrick

Kate Kirkpatrick is the Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy and Christian Ethics at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. Her research focuses on intersections between philosophy, religion, and culture in twentieth-century French phenomenology, existentialism, and feminism—especially in the works of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre. She works on ethical formation, philosophical and religious ethics, and questions of methodology, form, and content. With respect to the latter she is particularly interested in literature as a medium through which questions about ethics and meaning are explored.


Select publications:


  • Becoming Beauvoir: A Life (Bloomsbury, 2019)
  • The Mystical Sources of Existentialist Thought (Routledge, 2018)
  • Sartre on Sin: Between Being and Nothingness (Oxford University Press, 2017)
  • Sartre and Theology (Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, 2017)


Articles and Research Papers

  • ‘Early Existentialisms’ in the Oxford Handbook of Modern French Philosophy, edited by Daniel Whistler and Mark Sinclair (Oxford: Oxford University Press). 2020
  • ‘Master, Slave, and Merciless Struggle: Sin and Lovelessness in Sartre’s Saint Genet’ Sartre Studies International 25(1): 22–34. 2019
  • ‘Degrees of Being? Augustine’s Ontological Pluralism’, in Being Saved, ed. Joshua Farris et al. (London: SCM Press). 2018
  • ‘Beneath the Surface: Whose Phenomenology? Which Art?’, in Louise Nelstrop and Simon Podmore (eds), Mysticism, Art and Articulation (Abingdon: Routledge). 2017
  • ‘“A Perpetually Deceptive Mirage”: Blaise Pascal and Jean-Paul Sartre on the Sinful (No)Self’, in Self or No-Self?, Claremont Studies in the Philosophy of Religion, ed. Ingolf Dalferth and Marlene Block (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck) 2017
  • ‘Answering Sartre: Paul Tillich and the Socrates of Nothingness’, in Russell Re Manning and Samuel Shearn (eds) Returning to Tillich: Theology and Legacy in Transition. (Berlin: de Gruyter). 2017
  • ‘Analytic Theology and The Phenomenology of Faith’, Journal of Analytic Theology 4, May 2016
  • ‘Sartre: An Augustinian Atheist?’, Sartre Studies International, 21(1): 1–20, 2015
  • ‘Past Her Prime? Simone de Beauvoir on Motherhood and Old Age’, Sophia 53(2): 275–287. 2014
  • ‘Jean-Paul Sartre: Mystical Atheist or Mystical Antipathist?’ European Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 5(2): 159–168. 2013